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December 2005

Newsletter #14

  • Amazon Mechanical Turk Promotion: Build Now, Earn $1,000
  • Announcing Alexa Web Search Platform (Beta)
  • Success Story: AdBrite
  • Success Story: Action Engine
  • Amazon E-Commerce Service in the WSJ 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards
  • Free Online Training Series for Amazon Mechanical Turk Requesters – Thursday, December 15
  • Events Calendar: Upcoming Chat Topics and Events
  • Amazon Mechanical Turk Promotion: Build Now, Earn $1,000

    Utilize the growing network of Amazon Mechanical Turk Workers in your business and for a limited time, Amazon will give you $1,000. It’s easy. Submit your HITs, pay for $2,000 worth of approved HITs and get $1,000 back from Amazon! That’s right, get $2,000 worth of work done for only $1000. Act quickly to take advantage of this limited promotion.

    Announcing Alexa Web Search Platform (Beta)

    In April 1996, Alexa started archiving the web with a crawl that today captures more than 4 billion documents and over 300 terabytes of data. The beta version of the Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to this vast web crawl. For the first time, developers looking to build the next big thing in search can now access the utilities to search, process, and publish their own custom subset of the data, or even a custom search engine—all at a reasonable price.

    The compute and storage resources that allow users to search, process, and customize billions of documents using Alexa’s search and publication tools are provided by Alexa. For information about the complete Alexa Web Search Platform offering, pricing, or to apply for the beta program, please visit http://websearch.alexa.com.

    Custom search results generated from the Alexa Web Search Platform can be programmatically accessed as a web service, allowing developers to build new search applications using the language of their choice.

    Success Story: AdBrite

    The price of advertisements in traditional media like magazines or television is usually determined by the number of readers or viewers an outlet reaches. The greater the reach, the higher the price. Determining the number and type of people that visit a web site is not an exact science, and it has made it difficult to accurately and competitively price advertisements on the Web. San Francisco-based AdBrite is taking the guesswork out of this process using Alexa Web Information Service.

    Read the Success Story

    Success Story: Action Engine

    Action Engine uses Amazon E-Commerce Service to provide wireless companies with a feature-rich and easy-to-use shopping application to offer their customers. The result is greater industry awareness, superior ease-of-use among mobile shopping applications and a richer feature set.

    Read the Success Story

    Amazon E-Commerce Service in the WSJ 2005 Readers’ Choice Awards

    The Amazon E-Commerce Service (ECS) is in the running for a Reader’s Choice award from the Web Services Journal in the “Best Web Services Platform” category.

    See how we are doing or cast your vote.

    Free Online Training Series for Amazon Mechanical Turk Requesters – Thursday, December 15

    Learn more about becoming an Amazon Mechanical Turk Requester. Join Amazon Web Services Evangelist, Jeff Barr, for the last part of our online, two-part training series on Thursday, December 15th. Registration is required and capacity is limited, so sign up today.

    Event Calendar: Upcoming Chat Topics and Event Schedule

    Here is a schedule of our upcoming chat topics and events:

    • 15-Dec: Part 2: Amazon Mechanical Turk – A Technical Overview
    • 21-Dec: Chat – Tell us how you’re using Amazon’s newest web services!
    • 28-Dec: Chat – No chat scheduled – enjoy the holidays!
    • 31-Dec: Microsoft / Amazon Web Services Contest Entries Due
    • 04-Jan: Chat – Open
    • 08-Jan: Jeff Barr @ Affiliate Summit
    • 11-Jan: Chat – Alexa Web Search Platform (beta) Product Management
    • 12-Jan: Werner Vogels @ Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference
    • 18-Jan: Chat – ECS Product Management
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